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Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership

When I first heard the term servant leadership, I focused on servant, which conjures images of someone passing hors d'oeuvres at a party. As a servant leader myself, how can I be the guy handing out the snacks and also lead a team of software engineers, analysts, and testers?

Best Time of the Week to Start a Sprint

Best Time of the Week to Start a Sprint

What day of the week should a sprint begin? Here are some practical considerations that can help a team making this decision.

Scrum Teams with Operational Responsibilities

Scrum Teams with Operational Responsibilities

In our organization we have been using Scrum in small pockets, mostly for software development, for about three years. I was recently asked to become a product owner for some in-house network-tool development efforts, which led to interesting outcomes.  

The Size of a Scrum Team or Scaled Scrum Team

The Size of a Scrum Team or Scaled Scrum Team

Studies of the size of Agile Teams suggest that the optimal number of team members not only makes the work flow more smooth but also increases productivity and reduces costs.

SAFe at McDonald's

SAFe at McDonald's

In this article I compare my understanding of McDonald’s product innovation cycle with the principles and core values of SAFe.

Delivering Business Value in Hours, Not Months

Delivering Business Value in Hours, Not Months

Continuous delivery is the best means I have found for getting higher-quality software out to customers, with fewer errors and less need for patchwork.

Agile Testing: Transition from RTM to Test Backlog

Agile Testing: Transition from RTM to Test Backlog

In a transition from Waterfall to Agile, testers' work must be taken into account. There are distinct advantages to transitioning testers along with everyone else, by shifting focus from RTM to an Agile test backlog.

The Emergent Leader: Planning Poker, a Tool for Building Psychological Safety on Scrum Teams

The Emergent Leader: Planning Poker, a Tool for Building Psychological Safety on Scrum Teams

Psychological safety is an important attribute of high-performing teams. I find that Planning Poker, properly handled, is a great tool for building psychological safety on a team.

How to Use Energizers and Gamification to Engage Remote Teams

How to Use Energizers and Gamification to Engage Remote Teams

There are ways to increase the engagement and effectiveness of remote teams by using both gamification and energizers. In other words, you can have fun as a team. Here's a tool I like to use.

Experimenting to Solve Multiple Impediments Preventing High Performance

Experimenting to Solve Multiple Impediments Preventing High Performance

Here is how our experiment with mob programming -- once we were ready to try it -- helped us tackle impediments, boost performance, and increase our enjoyment in the work.

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